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Job 34 Names of God Bible (NOG)

Elihu Continues: Listen, Everyone

34 Elihu continued to speak to Job and his friends,

“Listen to my words, you wise men.
    Open your ears to me, you intelligent men.
The ear tests words
    like the tongue tastes food.
Let’s decide for ourselves what is right
    and agree among ourselves as to what is good,
        because Job has said,
            ‘I’m righteous, but El has taken away my rights.
            I’m considered a liar in spite of my rights.
            I’ve been wounded by a deadly arrow,
                though I haven’t been disobedient.’
What person is like Job,
    who drinks scorn like water,
who travels with troublemakers
    and associates with evil people?
He says, ‘It doesn’t do any good to try to please Elohim.’

10 “You people who have understanding, listen to me.
    It is unthinkable that El would ever do evil
    or that Shadday would ever do wicked things.
11 God will repay humanity for what it has done
    and will give each person what he deserves.
12 Certainly, El will never do anything evil,
    and Shadday will never pervert justice.
13 Who put him in charge of the earth?
    Who appointed him to be over the whole world?
14 If he thought only of himself
    and withdrew his Spirit and his breath,
15 all living beings would die together,
    and humanity would return to dust.

God Is Fair

16 “If you understand, listen to this.
    Open your ears to my words!
17 Should anyone who hates justice be allowed to govern?
    Will you condemn the one who is righteous and mighty?
18 Should anyone even say to a king,
    ‘You good-for-nothing scoundrel!’
        or to nobles, ‘You wicked people!’
19 The one who is righteous and mighty
    does not grant special favors to princes
        or prefer important people over poor people
            because his hands made them all.
20 They die suddenly in the middle of the night.
    People have seizures and pass away.
    Mighty people are taken away but not by human hands.
21 God’s eyes are on a person’s ways.
    He sees all his steps.
22 There’s no darkness or deep shadow
    where troublemakers can hide.
23 He doesn’t have to set a time for a person
    in order to bring him to divine judgment.
24 He breaks mighty people into pieces without examining them
    and puts others in their places.
25 He knows what they do,
    so he overthrows them at night, and they’re crushed.
26 In return for their evil, he strikes them in public,
27 because they turned away from following him
    and didn’t consider any of his ways.
28 They forced the poor to cry out to him,
    and he hears the cry of those who suffer.
29 If he keeps quiet, who can condemn him?
    If he hides his face, who can see him
        whether it is a nation or a single person?
30 He does this so that godless people cannot rule
    and so that they cannot trap people.

31 “But suppose such a person says to El, ‘I am guilty,
    I will stop my immoral behavior.
32 Teach me what I cannot see.
    If I’ve done wrong, I won’t do it again.’
33 Should El reward you on your own terms since you have rejected his?
    You must choose, not I.
    Tell me what you know. Speak!

Elihu Makes an Appeal to God

34 “People of understanding, the wise people
    who listen to me, will say,
35 ‘Job speaks without knowledge.
    His words show no insight.’

36 Ab, let Job be thoroughly tested
    for giving answers like wicked people do.
37 He adds disobedience to his sin.
    He claps his hands to insult us.
        He multiplies his words against El.”

Names of God Bible (NOG)

The Names of God Bible (without notes) © 2011 by Baker Publishing Group.

Job 34 New International Version (NIV)

34 Then Elihu said:

“Hear my words, you wise men;
    listen to me, you men of learning.
For the ear tests words
    as the tongue tastes food.
Let us discern for ourselves what is right;
    let us learn together what is good.

“Job says, ‘I am innocent,
    but God denies me justice.
Although I am right,
    I am considered a liar;
although I am guiltless,
    his arrow inflicts an incurable wound.’
Is there anyone like Job,
    who drinks scorn like water?
He keeps company with evildoers;
    he associates with the wicked.
For he says, ‘There is no profit
    in trying to please God.’

10 “So listen to me, you men of understanding.
    Far be it from God to do evil,
    from the Almighty to do wrong.
11 He repays everyone for what they have done;
    he brings on them what their conduct deserves.
12 It is unthinkable that God would do wrong,
    that the Almighty would pervert justice.
13 Who appointed him over the earth?
    Who put him in charge of the whole world?
14 If it were his intention
    and he withdrew his spirit[a] and breath,
15 all humanity would perish together
    and mankind would return to the dust.

16 “If you have understanding, hear this;
    listen to what I say.
17 Can someone who hates justice govern?
    Will you condemn the just and mighty One?
18 Is he not the One who says to kings, ‘You are worthless,’
    and to nobles, ‘You are wicked,’
19 who shows no partiality to princes
    and does not favor the rich over the poor,
    for they are all the work of his hands?
20 They die in an instant, in the middle of the night;
    the people are shaken and they pass away;
    the mighty are removed without human hand.

21 “His eyes are on the ways of mortals;
    he sees their every step.
22 There is no deep shadow, no utter darkness,
    where evildoers can hide.
23 God has no need to examine people further,
    that they should come before him for judgment.
24 Without inquiry he shatters the mighty
    and sets up others in their place.
25 Because he takes note of their deeds,
    he overthrows them in the night and they are crushed.
26 He punishes them for their wickedness
    where everyone can see them,
27 because they turned from following him
    and had no regard for any of his ways.
28 They caused the cry of the poor to come before him,
    so that he heard the cry of the needy.
29 But if he remains silent, who can condemn him?
    If he hides his face, who can see him?
Yet he is over individual and nation alike,
30     to keep the godless from ruling,
    from laying snares for the people.

31 “Suppose someone says to God,
    ‘I am guilty but will offend no more.
32 Teach me what I cannot see;
    if I have done wrong, I will not do so again.’
33 Should God then reward you on your terms,
    when you refuse to repent?
You must decide, not I;
    so tell me what you know.

34 “Men of understanding declare,
    wise men who hear me say to me,
35 ‘Job speaks without knowledge;
    his words lack insight.’
36 Oh, that Job might be tested to the utmost
    for answering like a wicked man!
37 To his sin he adds rebellion;
    scornfully he claps his hands among us
    and multiplies his words against God.”

Footnotes:

  1. Job 34:14 Or Spirit
New International Version (NIV)

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